It may not seem like it, but Marvin Jones Jr. is quietly having himself a career year. Along with teammate Kenny Golladay and Jacksonville’s DJ Chalk, he leads the NFL with eight receiving touchdowns, just two short of his career high for a season. He’s currently on pace for his second 1,000-yard season in three years, and his 2019 76.1 percent catch rate is by far the highest of his career.
That’s why ESPN’s Michael Rothstein believes that Jones is the Lions’ most underrated player on the roster right now.
“It might sound weird that a known quantity would be underrated, but Jones has been a consistently strong presence since signing with Detroit in 2016,” Rothstein wrote in this week’s ESPN Power Rankings, which has the Lions at No. 21. “He is tied for the NFL lead in touchdowns with eight and has had four or more catches in eight games this season.”
It’s truly hard to think of a better candidate on the team right now. Matthew Stafford always seems a bit underrated, especially in the midst of the season he had prior to his injury. After his slow start, Trey Flowers may be working his way back into underrated territory, despite his hefty contract. I suppose you can make the case for Damon Harrison Sr., too, but he’s been underrated his entire year. Now in the midst of one of his worst seasons, “underrated” doesn’t feel appropriate.
So Jones is a choice that seems appropriate right now.
- You know Chris Spielman won’t hold anything back, so it’s always entertaining to hear him speak on the Lions. Here he is breaking down what went wrong defensively against the Dallas Cowboys:
- Lions legend Herman Moore believes the team needs to shut down Matthew Stafford. “If this team was postseason bound, which it looks very bleak right now, I would try to bring Stafford back. But I don’t know if it’s worth the risk.”
- Mike Daniels doesn’t slam his head into a helmet this week, but it’s always entertaining to watch the Sights and Sounds from the Lions game. Here’s the Cowboys’ version:
- The Detroit Free Press has started a depressing Top-10 Pick Watch. Right now, they project Detroit’s probability of a top-10 pick at around 50 percent. As of now, they’re sitting exactly at the 10 spot.
- Lions vs. Washington may not be very watchable because of the teams involved, but at least the officiating crew isn’t likely to turn it into a game about them:
Lions at Washington referee is for Week 12 is: Bill Vinovich— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) November 20, 2019
He averages only 11.78 penalties per week. Well below the NFL average of 14.32 a game.
Vinovich has been below the NFL average in 10 of his 11 years as a referee.